'I'm hoping': Journalist gives injury update on Chelsea player after spotting him on training pitches

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante appears to be making good progress with his return from injury, it’s been claimed.

Nizaar Kinsella, who’s a well-respected journalist within the Chelsea community, has given an intriguing update about the 31-year-old Blues player.

He spotted the Frenchman doing “dynamic drills” over the weekend with a coach when he visited the club’s training facilities.

Therefore, he’s hopeful that Kante may be back after the international break.

Nizaar Kinsella told the London Is Blue podcast: “I’m hoping N’Golo Kante can be back [against Crystal Palace]. I saw he was out on the training pitch when I went down to the academy game. He’s training with a coach. He was doing some pretty dynamic drills. Can they get Kante back over this international break?”

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N’Golo Kante injury

Kante’s played just two games this season and missed the last month with a hamstring problem. It seem like there may be good news about his return soon, though.

Graham Potter confirmed last week that the midfielder was “progressing well”, but there was no timeframe on when he could be available again.

Chelsea return to action after the internationals with a trip to Crystal Palace on 1 October, which is earmarked as a possible return date by Kinsella.

When you’re a new coach arriving at Stamford Bridge like Potter, surely Kante is one of the individuals you can’t wait to work with. His reputation as a box-to-box midfielder with incredible energy and pace should definitely suit Chelsea’s new boss.

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His future

There’s currently worrying speculation about Kante’s future, with his current Blues deal expiring next summer.

It’s been reported that he’s unwilling to agree a new contract on the terms currently offered to him, so Chelsea need to try find some kind of solution.

It’ll be interesting to see how integral he is in the next couple of months for Potter.

There are some Blues fans that fear his time may come to a natural end, though, especially due to the repeated injury problems.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.